Better Breakfast Month Recipe Roundup

As September comes to a close, we’re sharing some of our favorite recipes that we enjoyed during Better Breakfast Month!


Let us know what recipes you tried this month in the comments section. Better yet, send the recipe and a picture to your concierge and it could be featured on our Facebook page.

Peach Cobbler Overnight Oats



  • ½ Cup Old Fashion Oats
    1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Cup Milk (any kind of milk will do!)
  • ½ Large or 1 Small Peach pitted and diced

In a small bowl, combine oats through nutmeg. In a separate small bowl, combine milk and vanilla. In a small container, starting with the oats mixture, layer oats mixture and diced peaches to create four layers. Pour milk mixture over layers. Cover and refrigerate overnight. When you’re ready to enjoy, give the layers a stir. Oats can be eaten cold or, for that fresh from the oven cobbler craving, heat in microwave in 30 second increments.

Other Oat Offerings:

  • Swap peaches out for fresh blueberries for a blueberry cobbler inspired breakfast.
  • Only have oatmeal packets on hand? Plain or flavored instant oatmeal packets can be swapped for old fashion oats. Do not substitute oats for steel-cut, they won’t soften.

Hummus and Avocado Feta Toast



  • 2 Slices Whole Grain Bread
  • 2 Ounces Hummus (brand & flavor of your choice!)
  • 1 Avocado, pitted and sliced thin
  • 2 Tablespoons Feta Cheese
  • Salt

Toast bread. Spread each piece of toast with 1 ounce of hummus. Top with sliced avocado. Sprinkle with feta and salt to taste.

Toast Tips:

  • Swap slices of bread for smaller slices of baguettes to create an easy to eat appetizer.
  • For an extra filling start to your day, top with a fried egg over easy.

Room for Ricotta



  • 3/4 Cup Strawberries, sliced
  • ½ Cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped Pecans
  • Sprinkle of Nutmeg

Scoop ricotta cheese into a bowl and mixed with desired mix-ins. Sprinkle with your favorite nuts and spices. We enjoy strawberries, honey, nutmeg, and pecans best!

Other Mix-Ins:

  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Cinnamon
  • Agave nectar
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Chopped almonds

Feeling spicy?

Spicy Edition:

  • ½ cup Mandarin Oranges, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Mango, cubed
  • Sprinkle of cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped Cashews
  • 2 teaspoons Honey

Broccoli, Sausage and Cheese Egg Bake


  • 18 Egg Whites
  • 1 Bag Simple Potato Shredded Potatoes
  • 2 Cups Steamed Broccoli
  • 1 ½ Cup Shredded Cheese
  • 6 Sausage Patties, cooked and crumbled
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the shredded potatoes in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake in the oven until slightly brown. Top with shredded cheese, crumbled sausage, broccoli and egg whites. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until the eggs are firmed. Cut into 6 servings. This is a great recipe to make over the weekend and eat during the week.

Recipes by: Molly N., Taylor K., and Ashley B.

Weekend Happenings September 30-October 2

Rain is in the forecast this weekend, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Enjoy festivals, food tastings and more!



Rhode Island Ave. Mainstreet Festival 2016
Rhode Island Ave. NE
Between 20-24th St. NE, DC
Time: Saturday, 10am-4pm
Cost: FREE

Now in its 4th year, the Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest showcases a beautiful main street in the mall along with a booming real estate market.  Join hundreds of visitors for some shopping, food and fun for the whole family!

The Washington City Paper Crafty Bastards Art Fair
Union Market
1309 5th St. NE, DC
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm
Cost: $6.00

Stop by Union Market this weekend and discover unconventional and hard-to-find arts and crafts handmade by independent artists from all over the country

Making Strides against Breast Cancer
Washington Monument
15th St. and Independence Ave. SW, DC
Time: Sunday, 10am
Cost: Accepting Donations

Join Charm City Concierge as we walk to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer.  If you would like to donate visit our donation page here!


Fall Fridays on Calvert
Wilkes Ln.
Calvert and Fayette Sts., Baltimore
Time: Friday, 5-8pm
Cost: FREE

From now until October 7th, treat yourself to this great after work event! Enjoy outdoor concerts, local food, beer and wine. Bring your friends and coworkers to ease down after a busy week!

Fell’s Point Fun Festival 2016
Fell’s Point
Broadway and Thames Sts., Baltimore
Time: Friday, 6-9pm; Saturday, 11am-9pm; Sunday, 11am-7pm
Cost: FREE

This unique Baltimore festival is now in its 50th year! Enjoy the fall weather as you wander around and visit different craft vendors, listen to musical acts on two different stages, and taste exotic and delicious food.

Bowie International Festival
Allen Pond Park
3330 Northview Dr., Bowie
Time: Saturday, 11am-5pm
Cost: FREE admission

Travel around the world in just one day! Experience the foods, culture, music, and dance of Asia, Europe, Australia and more. See how many countries you can visit!


Taste of Annandale
Tom Davis Dr., Annandale
Time: Saturday, 10am-6pm
Cost: FREE

This family-friendly festival will feature local restaurant booths, live music, a chili cook off, 5K race and more.

Vienna Oktoberfest
131 Church St. NE, Vienna
Time: Saturday, 11am-7pm
Cost: FREE Admission

Enjoy beer, wine, food vendors, music, kids’ activities and giveaways at this 9th annual community event.

Bark Bash
Bready Park
814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon
Time: Sunday, 12-3pm
Cost: FREE Admission

This event for dogs and dog lovers will have free agility demonstrations, contests, an off-leash area and will also feature dogs available for adoption.

Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Carmina Burana, BSO & Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Saturday
  • Kyle Kinane, Rams Head Live, Saturday
  • Kelly, Royal Farms Arena, Saturday
  • The Comedy Get Down with Cedric the Entertainer, George Lopez, DL Hughley, and More, Verizon Center, Saturday
  • Jersey Boys, Hippodrome, Saturday & Sunday
  • Bastille, 9:30 Club, Sunday
  • El Debarge, Birchmere, Sunday & Monday
  • Washington Redskins VS Cleveland Browns, FedEx Field, Sunday
  • Baltimore Ravens VS Oakland Raiders, M&T Bank Stadium, Sunday


miss.jpgMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Duration:  127 Minutes

Genre:  Adventure/Fantasy

When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers – and their terrifying enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends. Based on the novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children,” written by Ransom Riggs.

Starring: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench

deep.jpgDeepwater Horizon

Duration:  107 Minutes

Genre:  Action/Drama/Thriller

Based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin, James DuMont


Duration:  94 Minutes

Genre:  Action/Comedy/Crime

David Ghantt is stuck in the monotony of driving an armored truck day in and day out, so when his work crush lures him into the heist of a lifetime, David’s all in. Despite a pack of harebrained bandits and an absurdly flawed plan, David manages to steal $17 million, and promptly hands it over to the gang — who just as promptly double-cross him. Forced to go on the lam, David must dodge the authorities and a hit man, and try to turn the tables on his untrustworthy comrades.

Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Owen Wilson


Meet Your Neighbors – Creating Community Building Wide

If we asked you, “do you know everyone’s name in your office?” chances are you may say “yes,” or, “I make a point to try to learn everyone’s names who I work with.” Now, if we asked you, “Do you know the names of those in other companies, but the same building?,” we bet your answer may change.

Even though you work in offices right next door, most people do not make it a point to get to know their neighbors. Building community is becoming a huge trend in the workplace, and what better way to start than by getting out of your office bubble and meeting those who work right next door? Read on to see just how simple this can be.

Have Competitions

You’ve seen the donation request boxes in your lobby. Usually, they are for clothes, school supplies, or food. This year, why not make this a little more interesting? Companies can request to participate in a competition, keeping a box in their office and seeing which company can collect the most items.

Our Treats for Troops Drive is first up so start thinking of a great prize (gift basket for the winning office, pizza party, or hot chocolate bar to name a few!) – or maybe you just want the bragging rights!


Interactive Lobby Events

Those ice cream socials, coffee bars, and fall festivals are great, but many employees seem to just grab their food and go straight back to their desks. Start making your events a little more interactive! Ask a florist to come on-site and allow tenants to custom make floral bouquets for Valentine’s Day, or mum baskets for the fall!

If you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, ask your concierge to plan a pumpkin carving contest in the afternoon. Better yet, have sign-ups ahead of time and your concierge will have assigned seating so that tenants are sitting with people from different companies!photo

Get Outside

Many of our concierges have already started implementing walking groups at their properties! The fall weather is the perfect time to get in those steps, so ask your concierge if they have one set-up, or ask to start one. You will be so caught up in conversation with your new acquaintances, that your lunch break will be your new favorite time of day and you won’t even feel those aching legs.

Studies show that employees who take a walk at lunch or exercise regularly are more collaborative, tend to take on leadership roles, are less likely to get sick, and come back to work with renewed energy and productivity.


Lounge Around

Instead of drinking that morning cup of coffee at your desk, take a seat in the lobby! If you do not already have lobby furniture, your concierge can help. Chat with your neighbors about the election, celebrity gossip, or whatever popped up on your Facebook last!


Building community can be easier than you think, and your concierge is always able to help. Ask them for suggestions, or how to implement any of the above!

Post by: Kayla M.

Weekend Happenings September 23-25

From brews to books to “Boo!”… The DMV has something to help you celebrate the last weekend of the summer season and gear up for fall!



National Museum of African American History & Culture Grand Opening
National Mall
14th St. and Constitution Ave, NW DC
Time: Saturday, Events Start at 9am
Cost: FREE

Celebrate the museum grand opening and learn about the history of the African American experience and how it shaped our nation.  Visit the website for more information on a schedule of events, timed passes and more.

Opera in the Outfield
Nationals Park
1500 S. Capitol St. SE, DC
Time: Saturday, 7pm
Cost: FREE

Join fellow opera lovers and the Washington National Opera for a live simulcast of The Marriage of Figaro straight from the Kennedy Center Opera House!  Gates open at 5pm for pre-opera activities for the whole family.

Art All Night: Made in DC
THEARC Theatre
1900-2100 8th St. NW, DC
Time: Saturday, 7pm
Cost: FREE

This free overnight arts festival will take place in seven DC main street neighborhoods and bring visual and performing arts to the area! From painting, fashion and music, to dance, theatre and film, to businesses, indoor and outdoor spaces, there is something for everyone!


Baltimore Book Festival
Baltimore Inner Harbor
Time: Friday-Sunday, 11am-7pm
Cost: FREE

Get wrapped up in a good book (or 10!) this weekend! Meet your favorite authors, listen to seminars, and find your new favorite read.

Fall Fridays on Calvert
Wilkes Ln.
Calvert and Fayette Sts., Baltimore
Time: Friday, 5-8pm
Cost: FREE 

From now until October 7th, treat yourself to this great after work event! Enjoy outdoor concerts, local food, beer and wine. Bring your friends and coworkers to ease down after a busy week!

Annual Maryland Microbrewery Festival
Union Mills Homestead
3311 Littlestown Pk., Westminster
Time: Saturday, 11am-6pm
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $5 for non-drinkers

Experience Maryland’s premier beer festival! Held on a beautiful historic site with over 16 acres of land; sample Maryland beers from breweries all over the state. Food and crafts will also be available for purchase.


Fields of Fear
Cox Farms
15621 Braddock Rd., Centreville
Time: Friday and Saturday, 7:30-11pm
Cost: $15-25

Cox Farms comes alive with creatures of the night once the sun goes down! Take a hayride through the Zombie Zoo or enter the haunted corn maze. Don’t forget to enjoy some refreshments around the bonfire. Not recommended for children under 12.

Decades Party at Lost Rhino Retreat
Lost Rhino Retreat
22885 Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn
Time: Saturday, 8pm
Cost: FREE Admission

Get into the Halloween costume spirit early with a fun night of creative costumes, drinks and dancing! Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best couples costume, and winner of the dance contest,

American Tribute to German Style Beer Festival
Tysons Biergarten
8346 Leesburg Pike, Tysons

Time: Saturday, 1-6pm
Cost: $20-30

Over 50 American breweries will be showing off their best German style beers. This event will also feature live music, great food, and games. In addition, the event is kid and dog friendly!

Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Brad Paisley, Jiffy Lube, Friday
  • The Pink Floyd Experience, Hippodrome Theatre, Saturday
  • National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center, Sunday
  • Baltimore Orioles VS Arizona Diamondbacks, Camden Yards, Friday thru Sunday


sevenThe Magnificent Seven

Duration:  2 Hour 13 Minutes

Genre: Crime/Action

Looking to mine for gold, greedy industrialist Bartholomew Bogue seizes control of the Old West town of Rose Creek. With their lives in jeopardy, Emma Cullen and other desperate residents turn to bounty hunter Sam Chisolm for help. Chisolm recruits an eclectic group of gunslingers to take on Bogue and his ruthless henchmen. With a deadly showdown on the horizon, the seven mercenaries soon find themselves fighting for more than just money once the bullets start to fly.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Lee Byung-hun, Vincent D’Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, Haley Bennett


Duration:  1 Hour 40 Minutes

Genre:  Fantasy/Comedy

Storks deliver babies — or at least they used to. Now, they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, lands in hot water when the Baby Factory produces an adorable but wholly unauthorized girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race against time to make their first baby drop before the boss finds out.

Starring: Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Katie Crown

Transform Your Empty Office Space into a Winter Wonderland!

Do you want to have a rockin’ holiday office party but don’t have a huge budget? Do you have empty office space that you aren’t sure what to do with? Turn your free space into a Winter Wonderland holiday party!

Your employees are sure to be impressed with the festive décor and your wallet will love the prices! Balance your holiday budget with DIY ideas combined with festive additions available through your concierge. Your party will be sure to have sugar, spice, and everything nice!

Do it yourself décor!

  • Decorate your empty office space with DIY paper snowflakes! Recruit fellow artistic (and non-artistic) co-workers to grab a pair of scissors and start cutting! It’s a fun craft that is sure to create a buzz around the office. A simple YouTube tutorial can provide directions and tips. Indulge your glam side and add silver and gold glitter for extra shine. Watch a tutorial here!
  • Fill a Mason jar (or any clear class vase) with basil, water, cranberries, and a tee light candle for a sweet centerpiece.


  • Use white and silver spray paint on twigs for a DIY snow-covered tree centerpiece! Place the painted twigs in a vase or basket and add pine cones and evergreen leaves for an extra homey touch.


  • 3 different sized white Styrofoam balls with a wooden dowel through the middle makes a quick and easy snowman! Bring in a scarf and a hat from home to finish the look.
  • Cover boring white walls and wooden doors with holiday and winter themed wrapping paper and ribbons for an extra holiday surprise. (You could even have a door decorating contest!)
  • Invite fellow employees to show off their baking skills with a “cookie contest” or cookie exchange at the party! People love showcasing their cooking skills, it’s the perfect opportunity to try your colleague’s “famous” sugar cookies.

Add some special games, event rentals, or catering to make sure your party comes to life!

  • Contact your concierge to rent a photo booth with winter themed props to take unforgettable party pictures. The pictures always make great souvenirs and reminders of a great party! You can even add your company logo to the pictures.
  • Banish the winter chill with hot cocoa, hot apple cider, or custom drinks provided through Charm City Concierge.


  • Sick of the typical radio holiday tunes? Hire a caroling group through your concierge for an authentic holiday feeling.
  • Indulge your inner foodie with festive appetizers and a delicious dessert, cookie, or s’mores bar!


  • Simple high-top tables with black table cloths and poinsettia centerpieces will liven up your space and provide the perfect spot to chat with a colleague and enjoy a bite to eat!
  • Test your skills with Minute To Win It games or a blindfolded drawing contest. At CCC’s holiday party last year, we were challenged to put a paper plate on our heads and draw a winter scene as described by the judge. You are awarded points for accuracy and creativity.

Contact your concierge to help plan your event, lead a DIY décor class, and discuss rentals! You can also check out our Pinterest boards for more ideas.

Post by: Anna B. & Ashley M.

Weekend Happenings September 16-18

This weekend has a ton in store, from fancy Gatsby parties and seafood fests, to drinking wine, and more!



Dardanella: The Great Gatsby Party on the Lawn
Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, DC
Time: Saturday 11am-6pm
Cost: $55

Come dressed to impress in your best 1920s attire and enjoy a day of big bands, period lawn games, Prohibition style cocktails and more!

H Street Festival
H Street NE, DC
Time: Saturday, 12pm-7pm
Cost: FREE

Voted DC’s best neighborhood festival, the H Street Festival is now in its 11th year.  Bring the family and enjoy live entertainment, tasty food, arts & crafts vendors and much more.

Snallygaster 2016
Yards Park
1st and N St. Se, DC
Time: Saturday, 1pm-6pm
Cost: $35

At DC’s “biggest, baddest beer fest” you will have the chance to sample over 350 craft beers and ciders!


Fall Fridays on Calvert
Wilkes Ln.
Calvert and Fayette Sts., Baltimore
Time: Friday, 5-8pm
Cost: FREE

From now until October 7th, treat yourself to this great after work event! Enjoy outdoor concerts, local food, beer and wine. Bring your friends and coworkers to ease down after a busy week!

Artsfest 2016
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center
13480 Dowell Rd., Dowell
Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
Cost: $6 for adults, children 11 and under are FREE

Enjoy one of the best art festivals in the Mid-Atlantic Region! Featuring over 165 art booths, 30 performers, and a kid’s area, this event has something for the whole family. See arts as you never have before with bubble artists, stilt walkers, mimes, and more!

Baltimore Seafood Festival
Canton Waterfront Park
3001 Boston St., Baltimore
Time: Saturday, 12-7pm
Cost: varies

The 3rd Annual Seafood Festival features Baltimore’s favorite seafood restaurants all in one place! Sample your favorite dishes from the sea, cooking demonstrations from the top chefs in the area, and more. Be sure to check out Charm City Concierge favorites, Dessert  Fantasies and Greek on the Street!


5K/10K Dulles Day on the Runway
Dulles International Airport
Aviation Dr. and Autopilot Dr., Sterling
Time: Saturday, 7:30am
Cost: $30-50

Take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run the flattest course in the area – the full length of an airport runway. All proceeds benefit the VA Special Olympics, the Committee for Dulles Community Outreach and the Washington Airports Task Force. Register online.

Fall Festival Preview Weekend at Cox Farms
Cox Farms
15621 Braddock Rd., Centreville
Time: Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm
Cost: $15 (children under 2 FREE)

Be the first to enjoy the games, animals, cider, pumpkins and hay rides for this year’s popular Fall Festival.

41ST Annual Virginia Wine Festival
Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville

Time: Saturday & Sunday, 12-6pm (11am for VIP tickets)
Cost: $29-79

Enjoy unlimited samples from over 40 wineries, food vendors (including an oyster pavilion) and live music.

Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Maroon 5, Royal Farms Arena, Friday
  • Euge Groove, Birchmere, Friday
  • Celtic Thunder – LEGACY, Warner Theatre, Friday
  • IL DIVO, Warner Theatre, Saturday
  • Kathleen Madigan, Jiffy Lube, Saturday
  • National Philharmonic: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Strathmore, Saturday & Sunday
  • Gary Puckett & Union Gap, Birchmere, Sunday
  • The Mountain Goats, Rams Head Live, Sunday
  • Baltimore Orioles VS Tampa Bay Rays, Camden Yards, Thursday thru Sunday


blairBlair Witch

Duration:  89 Minutes

Genre: Horror/Thriller

After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his sister’s experiences in the demonic woods of the Blair Witch, James and a group of friends head to the forest in search of his lost sibling.

Starring: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson



Duration:  2 Hour 14 Minutes

Genre:  Biography/Drama/Thriller

In 2013, NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked a large number of classified documents to the media, exposing the U.S. government’s covert surveillance activities. Some called the whistleblower a hero, while others called him a traitor.

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage, Scott Eastwood, Melissa Leo,
Timothy Olyphant

bridgetBridget Jones’s Baby

Duration:  2 Hour 2 Minutes

Genre:  Romance/Comedy

Breaking up with Mark Darcy leaves Bridget Jones over 40 and single again. Feeling that she has everything under control, Jones decides to focus on her career as a top news producer. Suddenly, her love life comes back from the dead when she meets a dashing and handsome American named Jack. Things couldn’t be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Now, the befuddled mom-to-be must figure out if the proud papa is Mark or Jack.

Starring: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey


Dinner Dash

After a long day at work, the last thing many of us feel like doing is cooking a healthy gourmet meal. We end up doing the dinner dash to whip up whatever’s most convenient.


Concierge Stephanie shares her favorite quick dish to make when she gets home. This recipes allows for a lot of freedom to choose your own flavors and customize the dish to your liking. We think this would be a great make-ahead lunch recipe for the week!

15-minute Chicken Tortellini Salad

You will need:

  • 1 package precooked cheese tortellini
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Your choice of lettuce, chopped, or prepacked salad kit
  • Croutons
  • Grated cheese
  • Dressing of choice
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Spices of choice


In a stainless steel pan, swirl EVOO over medium heat until warm. Chop chicken into cubes and saute in pan until golden brown, adding mild flavor (recommend garlic, salt and pepper, rosemary, oregano) as it cooks.

Boil tortellini five minutes or as directed on packaging, and drain.

In a large bowl, combine lettuce, chicken, tortellini. Top with grated cheese of choice, dressing, and croutons. Serve with your favorite chilled white wine (recommend Umberto Fiore Moscato d’Asti).

Post by: Stephanie T.